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Eddie Redmayne auditioned for Kylo Ren part in ‘Star Wars’

Eddie Redmayne attends Entertainment Weekly's PopFest on Oct.

Eddie Redmayne attends Entertainment Weekly's PopFest on Oct. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. He detailed his audition for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, who described two years ago that he had auditioned, badly, for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” finally revealed on Tuesday just what role he had gone for.

“I was going for, I think, Adam Driver ,” Redmayne, 34, told, referring to the part of Kylo Ren, the Dark Side son of Princess Leia and Han Solo. “They gave me, like, a ‘Star Trek’ scene — or, like, something from ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ It was one of those films,” he added vaguely. “With films that top secret, they don’t give you the actual lines. So they give you a scene from ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ but then they tell you you’re auditioning for the baddie. If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on.”

The English actor, whose “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens Nov. 18, allowed, “That was really a hilarious moment. Because it was [casting director] Nina Gold, who I have to thank a lot because she’s cast me in several films. And she was just sitting there and I was trying again and again with different versions of my kind of ‘koohh paaaah’ [Darth Vader breathing sound] voice. And after, like, ten shots she’s like, ‘You got anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.’ ”

Redmayne won the best actor Academy Award for playing theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (2014), and earned a second nomination for his role as historical figure Lili Elbe, one of the first known transgender women to undergo sex reassignment surgery, in “The Danish Girl” (2015).


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